solid color cardstock
a good journaling pen
album for finished pages
That's all you need to get started. To add embellishments to your pages, stamps and ink are great. Stencils, stamps and stickers work for titles. I suggest you check out some books or magazines and see what you like then go shopping. Some things are long-term investments such as punches and stamps so purchase wisely, you don't need to buy it all.
Convention was awesome! See you next year!